Civil Society, Aid and Security in Kenya Post-9/11

19 May 2008 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Jude Howell, Director of the Centre for Civil Society at LSE
Jeremy Lind, researcher for The 'Global War on Terror', Non-Governmental Public Action and Aid project



Kenya is considered strategically important in the 'Global War on Terror' that was declared in the aftermath of 9/11. The Kenyan government, under considerable diplomatic and aid pressure to cooperate in the 'War on Terror', has instituted a new counter-terrorism regime. Counter-terrorism measures have proven divisive in Kenya and have been implemented against a shifting political backdrop and the fragmentation of civil society around ethnic and regional interests, as was seen in its response to the recent post-election violence.

The meeting will examine the impacts of post-9/11 counter-terrorism measures, laws and practices on civil society in Kenya as well as its responses to these new structures. The talk will also highlight the role of aid in fighting the 'War on Terror' in Kenya and the challenges faced by democracy, governance and human rights groups in this context.